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Mary Burke Baker

Government Affairs Advisor
+1.202.778.9223
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Mary Burke Baker is a government affairs advisor in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. She focuses her practice on federal tax matters affecting businesses and individuals, including tax policy, tax administration, and technical tax issues.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Baker served on the Senate Committee on Finance for 6 years as a Georgetown Government Affairs Fellow/IRS Detailee. In that position, she worked on major tax bills; managed committee hearings; oversaw IRS policies, programs, and initiatives; and worked on tax reform measures. She also served in the Internal Revenue Service for more than 25 years in a variety of technical and management positions.

During her tenure with the Senate Finance Committee, Ms. Baker authored many floor statements, opening statements and press releases on behalf of Chairman Max Baucus concerning corporate, small business and individual tax policy and tax administration matters.  Ms. Baker also materially contributed to numerous IRS guidance documents, including coordinated issue papers and industry director's directives.

Achievements

In 2010, Ms. Baker was featured in Tax Analysts as a congressional staffer influencing tax policy.  While at the IRS, she received many performance awards, including District Employee of the Year.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, Tax Coalition

Speaking Engagements

Ms. Baker is a frequent speaker before business and tax groups, including the Business Roundtable, American Bankers Association, Chamber of Commerce, International Tax Policy Forum, American Council of Life Insurers, Tax Council Policy Institute, Emory Tax Policy Symposium, Federal Bar Association, National Association of Enrolled Agents, IRS Chief Counsel Lecture Series, and IRS Executive Development classes.  She represented the IRS during various presentations to international tax groups in the US and abroad.
  • While at the Senate Finance Committee, Ms. Baker managed the development of several major tax provisions, including the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), credit card information reporting and basis reporting of securities transactions.  Her extensive portfolio included LIFO inventory, international tax issues and tax administration provisions.  She worked on major tax bills, including the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010; Education, Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act (2010); Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010; Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010); Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (2010) [HIRE Act]; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008; Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008; Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008; Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act of 2008; Economic Stimulus Act of 2008; US Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act of 2007 [Small Business]; Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 [TIPRA]; Gulf Opportunity Zone Act of 2005; Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act of 2005.
  • While at the IRS, Ms. Baker managed the IRS Office of Tax Shelter Analysis; IRS technical advisors in the High Technology, Telecommunications, Gaming, Sports, Entertainment and Media industries; the Motor Vehicle Industry program and the Inventory Issue Specialist; and was a large case team coordinator on several multinational corporate examinations.  She worked on numerous task forces and special projects, including two IRS modernization teams, industry director's directives, and the retail internal revenue manual.